Saturday, August 27, 2016

Clawson family campout

We had a great time up in Sedona at the Clawson Family Campout.  Who would have thought that Grandma would become such a great camper?  We ate dinner over the campfire, roasted smores, went on nature walks, played in the creek, and blew lots of bubbles.  Sure, camping with babies is a little more work, but we still had a great time.

This is Eliza up above and Kate (camping in the same pjs at the same age) below to do a comparison of who looks like who.  

Monday, August 8, 2016

First Day of School

Kate was so excited for the first day of school that she couldn't sleep the night before.  We held a Back to School Feast that night and talked all about her big day.  I was so happy to hear that Kate befriended a new girl at school.  Kate was so nice to her that the girl drew her a picture and told her it was because she was her first new friend.  3rd grade is going to be awesome!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Crandell Campout

Memories from the Crandell Campout 2016

Just for comparison.  Lettie on the Left at her first Crandell campout.  And baby Kate on the Right at her first Crandell campout.  
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dance Class

Kate wanted to take a "real" dance class during the summer. She had taken dance classes through the parks and rec department, but didn't think that they were the real thing. So we signed her up for a ballet,tap,jazz combo class at a dance studio up the street. She got a new leotard and shoes and happily danced her heart out every week. The last day of class they invited the parents inside to see what they had been working on. Below is some of Kate's best dance moves.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Family Vacation

We knew we wouldn't be able to do too much of a family vacation this year because #1 Rusty just started at a new job and #2 The twins make it hard to go anywhere.  We did think that a trip to the beach was possible.  As long as we brought along help.  Rusty's bro and family and his mom joined us in CA for a fun getaway.  The hotel was wonderful.  We picked it because it is literally right on the beach.  This means no having to haul your sand buckets and towels in the car to drive to the beach.  We did have to pull a baby stroller through the sand which wasn't easy, but it sure beat carrying them and all of our beach gear.

The beach was great for finding treasures like sea glass, pretty rocks and even shark teeth.  Matt & Amy joined us at the beach and gave the kids rides on the boogie boards.  We stayed at the beach for a good while before loading up and heading back to the hotel swimming pool to play some more (sand free).

 Madelyn loved the seagulls and tried to feed them her juice.  

After a full day in the sun we were bound to feel a little burn.  However I had no idea how poor of a job I had done applying sunscreen.  This was a definite mom fail.  Check out poor Maddy at dinner that night.  
Red as a beet!

The next day we rented surrey bikes and rode the bike path that leads from the hotel to a nearby park.  Our legs definitely got a work out.  But the kids had a great time.  

Every morning we enjoyed the free cook to order breakfast.  And every evening we ate out at fun restaurants.  Our last night there we flew kites while the sunset.  The wind made for great kite flying.  Even Madelyn made it look easy.  

On Sunday we ate breakfast and then loaded up to come back home.  But not before I was able to get a couple pictures of the girls.

The trip was a lot of fun and definitely a lot of work.  If you can imagine how 3 sunburned babies makes things even more difficult than we'd planned.  The important thing is that we made great memories.  And we'll always remember their first trip to the beach.  Just next time we'll wear more sunscreen.   

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